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ONLINE RESOURCES FOR WRITING


The Writing Center offers information and tips on a range of topics related to writing. Check out the links below to find what you need.

 

Prewriting

If you need help deciphering a writing prompt, or if you're having trouble getting started on an assignment, this information may help.  It includes guides for interpreting essay questions, brainstorming, and outlining.

 

Style and Mechanics

Do you have specific questions about grammar or punctuation?  Would you like to make your writing clearer and more powerful?  Some of the information here may be just what you need.

 

Using and Citing Sources

If your assignment requires that you do some research or refer to outside sources, this information can help.  You'll find abbreviated and printable versions of many of the major citation guides, and there's also information here on how to quote sources and paraphrase effectively.

 

Editing & Proofreading

Editing your own work can seem overwhelming, but here are some guides that can make the process simpler and more effective.

 

Essays & Research Papers

Here you'll find information designed to help you meet all the challenges of writing academic papers:  developing a strong thesis statement, composing effective introductions and conclusions, writing abstracts, offering effective counterarguments, and more.

 

Lab Reports & Other Technical Documents

Technical writing has its own set of demands, and this material can help you meet them.  Here you'll learn how to avoid some of the most common problems with lab reports and ensure that each section of your report or proposal meets the requirements.

 

Essay Exams

Essay exams can be intimidating, but the information provided here on preparing for such exams and composing effective essays can give your confidence a boost and help you get better results.

 

Writing for Business & Industry

Here you'll find information on writing various types of professional documents, from office emails and memos to executive summaries.

 

Application Documents

If you're applying for scholarships, fellowships, grants, or jobs, the material provided here can help.  Read about writing resumes, cover letters, personal statements, and more.

 

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DESERT EXPLORER

Michael Bouchard studies bizarre dome-like structures in Egypt's Afar Desert.

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CHAMPIONING STEM FOR MINORITIES

Emily Hernandez wants to see more diversity in the engineering fields, and is doing her part to help.

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SELFLESS ACTIONS, GLOBAL IMPACT

Melissa Elder’s travels to her mother’s homeland of Honduras have shaped her career path and research focus.

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D-DAY RE-EXAMINED

John McManus' latest book looks at the Big Red One at Omaha Beach.

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LIFE ON MARS

Melanie Mormile studies bacteria here on Earth that could survive on Mars.

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SPELUNKING FOR A CAUSE

Michael Bradford helps protect bats and cave formations in Missouri.

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PERFECT FIT

Hannah Frye is doing research that could lead to a treatment for diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.

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DANCING WITH CODE

Marquia Lewis studies computer science and is a member of the Gold Miners dance squad.

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PEOPLE PERSON

Cagatay "Ty" Atmaca has accomplished a lot since being sent to learn English in America by the Turkish Petroleum Corp. four years ago.

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PRINTING THE FUTURE

Jonathan Bopp used his 3D printer to create parts for the Mars Rover’s robotic arm.

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A PHILOSOPHY OF ADVOCACY

Kate Burns is proof that students in every major can find success.

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PHYTOFORENSICS

Joel Burken's research team use trees to detect soil and groundwater contamination.

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SAYING GOOD RIDDANCE TO SOGGY BUNS

Tyler Richards has designed a cap that keeps separated liquid from escaping ketchup bottles.

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'DOWN-TO-EARTH' SCHOLAR

Krista Rybacki studies soil samples from an area near a lead recycling smelter.

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MINERS ABROAD

Delancey Rougely studied the effects of war in France and blogged about it.

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